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Part 4. Managing Word Documents > Closing a Document

Closing a Document

Click the document's Close Window button. If you've saved all your changes, Word closes the document. (If you click the Close button in the program window, you will exit Word entirely.)

If you have unsaved changes, Word asks whether you want to save them. If you don't, click the No button. Word closes the document.

If you want to save the changes you've made to the document, click the Yes button. (Click the Cancel button if you decide not to close the document after all.)

INTRODUCTION

When you are finished with a document, it's a good idea to close it, both to keep a tidy workspace and to free up some of your computer's memory. Both of the Close buttons in the upper-right corner of the Word window are used to close documents, but they behave differently depending on whether you have only one or several documents open. The steps in this task describe their behavior when only one document is open. See the tip on the next page for a description of their behavior when you have multiple open documents.


If you're saving the document for the first time, Word displays the Save As dialog box. Choose a name and location for the file (see the preceding task), and then click the Save button.

The document closes, but the Word window remains open to let you start a new document or open an existing one.


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